Five Black Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

Reighan A. Gillam was appointed an assistant professor of anthropology in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has been serving as an assistant professor of Afro-American and African studies at the University of Michigan. She is currently working on a book manuscript with the title, Strategic Visionaries: Afro-Brazilian Media Producers and the Politics of Representation.

Dr. Gillam is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in anthropology and African American studies. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Barbara D. Savage, chair of the department of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, was appointed the Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at the University of Oxford in England. The professorship was established in 1922.

Professor Savage is the author of the book Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Georgetown University Law Center. Dr. Savage also holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale University.

Todne Thomas was appointed an assistant professor of African American religions at Harvard Divinity School, effective July 1. She will also serve as a Suzanne Young Murray Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She has been serving as an assistant professor of religion at the University of Vermont.

Dr. Thomas is a graduate of Cornell University, where she majored in anthropology and Africana studies. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Virginia.

Sandra Crewe , a tenured professor and dean of the School of Social Work at Howard University in Washington, D.C., was appointed to the board of directors of the National Association of Deans and Directors.

Dr. Crewe joined the faculty at Howard University in 1997 and was named dean in 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of social work degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Dr. Crewe was the first individual to earn a Ph.D. in social work at Howard University.

Kyla Day Fletcher was named the Lucinda H. Stone Assistant Professor of Psychology at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. She joined the faculty at the college in 2012.

Dr. Fletcher is a summa cum laude graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. She earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Michigan.


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